I love Thanksgiving, and family meals in general, but I’ve discovered that the pre-meal moment reserved in many homes for prayer is an awkward time for me. Raised by Christian parents, prayer was a habit prior to every meal – rote in nature. Since I left religion many years ago, I’ve always wanted an alternative to this pre-meal routine but had not yet succeeded in finding it.
My son remarked the other day that he realized why people pray before meals. “It brings people together in a calm, happy and thankful state of mind.” (Good for the body, good for the mind!)
I wholeheartedly agree, but prayer is so tied in with specific ideologies about the word God that I don’t like to use it.
In lieu of a God-centered prayer, here is a meditation of thanks for this Thanksgiving.
Let our hearts be filled with kindness,
Our minds be calm and light
May thanks arise within us
For all we share tonight.